2022 African Economic Conference

December 11, 2022, Maurice / En ligne (hybride)

FERDI contributed to the special event (AfDB Lunch Dialogue) "Five Steps Towards Closing the Climate Finance Gap for Africa".

Panelists discussed the following questions:

  • What is the role of multilateral banks, especially the African Development Bank, in closing the climate financing gap?
  • How can African countries be encouraged to invest more in climate and raise finance domestically for climate change, and design domestic climate policies that help raise revenues. 
  • What can countries do to minimize or significantly reduce barriers in order to enable philanthropists, pension funds, impact investors, and pension funds to invest in climate-related opportunities?
  • How can developed countries do more to fast-track their international commitments on climate change and intensify climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation in developing countries, particularly in Africa?

Matthieu Boussichas, programme manager at FERDI, took part in the discussion.


Désiré J. M. Vencatachellum,
Director, Resource Mobilization, and External Finance Department, African Development Bank Group 


Kevin Urama, Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

Mohammed Sagagi – Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Economic Advisory Council (EAC)

Matthieu Boussichas, Program Manager, Foundation for studies and Research on International Development (FERDI)

Mark Watkinson, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director Bank One Limited, Mauritius 



Mr. Joel Molel, AfDB


FERDI has launched a website dedicated to the Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Index (PVCCI).

The Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Index (PVCCI) measures climate shocks and the exposure of countries (National PVCCI) and their territories (Subnational PVCCI) to these shocks.The website https://ferdi-indicators.shinyapps.io/PVCCI/ provides free access to physical vulnerability indices to climate change and associated maps for 191 countries and 47,138 administrative units.

This project is carried out in collaboration with the Centre for International Development Studies and Research (CERDI). It is a great way to show our work started 11 years ago!